27 witty, enlightening & famous Voltaire quotes

Voltaire was a French writer, historian, and philosopher. His real name was François-Marie Arouet, and he was most famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state. Bellow there is a collection of the best Voltaire quotes.

  1. Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”
  2. Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
  3. Appreciation is a wonderful attitude: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
  4. The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.”
  5. It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
  6. Each player is necessary to accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone need to decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.”
  7. Common sense is not so common.”
  8. Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.”
  9. Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.”
  10. I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.”
  11. Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”
  12. Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.”
  13. The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”
  14. It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.”
  15. No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”
  16. Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.”
  17. The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.”
  18. The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.”
  19. Common sense is genius in homespun.”
  20. If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.”
  21. It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”
  22. Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.”
  23. Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.”
  24. Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
  25. One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.
  26. The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
  27. He need to be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.”


January 26, 2022


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